The Alpina Gstaad

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A Silent Retreat for the Rich and Famous
The Alpina Gstaad
The Alpina Gstaad
The Alpina Gstaad
The Alpina Gstaad
The Alpina Gstaad
The Alpina Gstaad
The Alpina Gstaad
A Silent Retreat for the Rich and Famous
The Alpina Gstaad
The Alpina Gstaad
The Alpina Gstaad
The Alpina Gstaad
The Alpina Gstaad
The Alpina Gstaad
The Alpina Gstaad
The Alpina Gstaad
One of only two newly built five-star hotels in Gstaad in over a century, the Alpina Gstaad opened its doors in 2012. Situated in a wealthy hilltop area in Oberbort, the hotel offers stellar views of the Bernese Alps (including the Spitzhorn and Oldenhorn) and the valley scenery of the Saanenland—as well as an impressive amount of discreet luxury. Built in traditional Swiss chalet style, the limestone and wood structure contains 56 rooms and suites that pair original antique and artisan furnishings (wardrobes, tables, carved ceilings) with contemporary design pieces. Furthermore, throughout the hotel’s public spaces, guests can see art by famous artists like Barbara Kruger, Tracey Emin, and Bosco Sodi. All rooms have great views, though the higher the better; on the 5th and 6th floors you’ll find the jaw-dropping duplex Panorama Suite, with separate dining and working areas, and a fireplace.
 
The hotel facilities are some of the best in Switzerland, spanning an authentically Cuban-style cigar lounge and Michelin-starred restaurants. The hotel’s Six Senses spa, a whopping 21,500 square feet, contains an 80-foot-long lap pool, and there’s an immaculately landscaped garden, designed by French garden designer Jean Mus, that brims with alpine plants and corresponding fragrances in the summer.
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Neighborhood Vibe
Being surrounded by mountains means no shortage of outdoor pursuits. In summer, you can hike and cycle the nearby trails, while winter brings plenty of skiing options, as well as ice-skating and even horse-drawn sleigh rides for the kids. The hotel offers bikes for rent and ski passes, plus an impressive number of in-house events like cooking workshops or spa, detox, and yoga retreats.Gstaad also has several annual festivals, such as the 10-day Davidoff Saveurs Gstaad Food Festival in the summer.
Need to Know

Rooms: 56 rooms and suites. From $600.
Check-in:  3 p.m.; check-out: noon. 
Dining options: 
Michelin-starred chef Marcus G. Lindner oversees the cuisine, which ranges from imaginative Japanese at MEGU, gourmet dishes at Sommet, and a traditional Swiss menu at Stübli.
Spa and gym details: The plush Six Senses Spa, inspired by Asian and Alpine traditions, offers indoor and outdoor pools, two Jacuzzis, a yoga studio, a fitness center, juice bar, and children’s play and swim area. The 12 treatment rooms include a flotation room, hammam and colonic hydrotherapy room plus five multi-purpose rooms for individual treatments (including one for couples).

Insider Tips
Who it's for: Families; couples; A-listers; retreat seekers; mountain and spa lovers.
Our favorite rooms: The Panorama Suite, a three-bedroom duplex apartment on thefifth and sixth floors, is the pinnacle of luxury. Featuring superior views of the surrounding mountains and village below, it comes with its own spa (with hot tub, fitness, and massage areas), a grand fireplace, and a large freestanding bath in the main bedroom. If the $12,000–$21,000 per night price tag (depending on the season) is too much, consider one of the 5th-floor Junior or Deluxe suites.
A different experience: Looking for the ultimate retreat?Request a Silent Stay, and you’ll receive a Silent Pin and a notebook upon arrival. By wearing the pin, staff and other guests are made aware that you do not want to communicate verbally, so you can really disconnect from the world and reconnect with your inner self.
A Silent Retreat for the Rich and Famous
Gstaad may not be as well known as St. Moritz but the rich and famous flock there just the same. The Alpine mountain village has a pedestrian-only central strolling area with lots of upscale shopping and eating options. Joe and I stayed at the Alpina Gstaad—one of the finest new hotels I've ever had the pleasure of experiencing (rivaled perhaps by the Chedi in Andermatt, but only by a slim margin!). From the moment you drive up to its James Bond style entrance and then walk into its lobby with its priceless antique painted wooden ceiling (the 1700s era piece was bought from a prestigious Swiss art dealer and installed in the new hotel) you're know you're in for something special. We love the hotel's "Silent Stay" program that lets you only be contacted in writing (staff will give you a special pin and will not speak to you unless you take it off) but you'll certainly want to crow to your companion (as Joe and I did to each other) about the stone-and-wood architecture, the indoor and outdoor pool, the Six Senses Spa, the beautiful landscaped grounds, and the Michelin-star dining at Sommat (one of three restaurants at the hotel). Art lovers will want to visit the hotel's rotating collection and couples will crave a stay in the hotel's "Love Suite" designed and accessorized by the lingerie and love lifestyle company, Kiki De Montparnasse. Ready to embark on your own Swiss adventure? Check out the itineraries that have been created by the members of AFAR’s Travel Advisory Council and other specialists at AFAR Journeys.
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Alpinastrasse 23, 3780 Gstaad, Switzerland
+41 33 888 98 88